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Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

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Monday, May 11, 2009

!st NEWS of 2009 WV Birthday Piece - June 20, 2009

Hello Hillary,
I have attached an image that is just a teaser for the WV Day piece. It has been designed again this year by Arlon Bayliss. We will be holding the event on June 20th at the factory like normal. Our hours will be 8am to 5pm on that day even though it is a Saturday. We will have porta potties. We will have refreshments and our Birthday cake. We look forward to the event even more this year than last. The WV piece will have 146 pieces this year and they will be $146 each. This year we do want to advise individuals who arrive and stay overnight prior to the sale that they will need to remain in the immediate area for the whole night to retain their place in line. (Just like getting a Wii) We will give you more information as we get closer to the event.

Thanks,
Katie Trippe
Assistant Vice President
Blenko Glass Company
NOTE: attached image was a mostly black / black and white drawing it didn't reproduce for blogger - I'll ask for a resend.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

When they closed this year I started selling and giving away my Birthday collection, I can not imagine the line will be long this year.
What are your thoughts Hilary.
Margie Hale

Anonymous said...

FIESTA MAKES A WV BIRTHDAY PIECE AS DOES FENTON
YOU CAN BUY BOTH ON LINE
AND FOR MUCH LESS THAN
THE BLENKO ITEM.
FIESTA AND FENTON WILL BE ADDING TO THEIR COLLECTION FOR YEARS TO COME, FIESTA AND FENTON ARE CUSTOMER FRIENDLY NOT ALWAYS
MAKINT NEW LIMITS AND ASKING PEOPLE TO JUMP OVER THE HOOPS. I WOULD THINK KATIE's FOLLIE THE FIESTAVAL OF GLASS VASE WOULD HAVE TAUGHT THEM SOSMETHING. I LAST SAW THIS VASE FOR $50 AT A MILTON STORE AND FOR $60 IN THE VC. IT WAS A REAL SELL OUT. MY THOUGHTS ARE THE WV BIRTHDAY WILL NOT SELL THIS YEAR. THE PEOPLE ARE TIRED.
BRING RICK BACK, MAYBE, BUT THERE IS NOT BLENKO IN BLENKO.
CHECK THE NEWSPAPER AND TV FOOTAGE IS THIS A SUITABLE SUBSITUTE? I THINK NOT.
BLENKO DESERVES BETTER.
THE MEN DESERVE TO WORK FULL TIME, THE FURNANCES NEED TO BE BURNING, THE OFFICE DOES NOT NEED SO MANY UNSKILLED PEOPLE.
MOUNTAIN RITA
A CALIF LEGAL TRANSPLANT

Anonymous said...

Mountain Rita
You are insane. The collectors will be in line by 9pm and spend the night in the parking lot if you want this vase be there before 5am on June 20th or leave w/o a vase.
Or buy one from me for double the original price later.
Tom

annu said...

Teaser = image
only a struggling West Virginia Company would think to tease
Why not provide a great image and generate real interest?
Sign me curious.

annu said...

Tom
Check out past sales, you may be selling short, it appears these pieces can fetch up to $1,500 each.
If I were within a days drive I'd be there early and in line.

Hillary J Homburg said...

Note: If you want this vase
go early and plan to stand in line.
It will sell out within 1 hour of the store opening.
History is the best predictor of the future.
hjh

Hillary J Homburg said...

Everyone
Trust me on this, as soon as a Good Photo is available, Blenko will send it to us. I'll post immediately no need to send me emails about this, I understand your frustration, remember BLENKO is a small company and they aren't able to make things months in advance.
Be patient, time will help, and Blenko will again become larger and stronger.
Your patience, your $$ in sales at the Visitors Center and if you have extra time stop by the viewing area and tell the Men of Blenko how much you like their work.
HJH

Anonymous said...

You can find a color picture of the piece at:
http://www.herald-dispatch.com/life/x167561594/Company-official-says-it-is-working-out-financial-issues?i=0